Hector Cummings stood on the hill top overlooking the metropolis. He had been a wiz at CalTech and landed himself a lucrative job in Silicon Valley. But he had become more and more concerned with humanity’s impact on the planet. He saw a mass extinction event as unavoidable, but just what species would fail to make the cut?
After months of consideration, he made his decision. Humans, or at least their technology, would have to go. Two things therefore began to fill his time. The first was the stocking up of a remote cabin in the mountains, and the second was the writing of an ultimate piece of code.
He then gathered a like-minded group of conspirators around him using the dark web. Among these were a disgruntled NASA engineer, and a hacker extraordinaire who had previously broken into government systems. They set today, 29 February 2020 as Day Zero.
An hour ago, Hector had triggered his code. Now power plants were shutting down, and satellites were falling from the sky. He now watched from his hilltop as a new age dawned.